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New condom guidelines published

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have issued draft consultation on making condoms more accessible to the 16-24 age group. The document is aimed primarily at local authorities and other organisations that currently provide or are considering the provision of free condoms. Produced just days after an NHS decision not to provide […]

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British singer adds gay slant to Cheers theme tune

British singer K Anderson has added a distinctly gay slant to a classic and well-loved theme tune. The 80s TV show Cheers, which was based around a bar in Boston, had a notoriously catchy theme tune which K Anderson felt was especially apt for the LGBT+ community. The original song was sung by Gary Portnoy […]

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1 in 12 adoptions in England now to same-sex couples

Three in four LGBT people going through the adoption process actively consider adopting siblings, according to new research by New Family Social. However, the majority are matched with a single child first or are told no suitable match is available. The report Strength in Numbers: LGBT people on adopting siblings recommends that when approved LGBT […]

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Same-sex marriage comes to the Isle of Man

The Isle of Man’s new Marriage and Civil Partnership Act has been granted royal assent, which means same-sex couples will soon be able to tie the knot on the island. The Act is based upon the same one in England and Wales, which made same-sex marriage legal in 2013. The Isle of Man is not […]

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Unison launches survey on public spending cuts

The cuts in public spending on services affects us all in various ways, but how has it affected the LGBT+ community? Unison has commissioned NatCen Social Research to find out and you can help by filling in the survey. The study will help Unison better understand and re-act to the effect of reductions in public […]

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Abingdon refuses to fly rainbow flag

Organisers of Oxford Pride have expressed their anger at a vote by Abingdon Town Council not to fly a rainbow flag at the town hall, citing worries about how the town will be viewed if it does. The council met recently and voted 7 to 6 not to fly the flag, with one Councillor asking […]

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Pope calls for apology to homosexuals

Pope Francis has broken further with the traditional Catholic view of homosexuality by saying openly that the Church should not just respect homosexuals but apologise to them for the way they have been treated. While talking to reporters on a flight to Rome after his recent trip to Armenia, the pontiff was asked if he […]

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Research shows LGBT+ still hide their identity

New research undertaken by Pride in London, the charity which is responsible for organising Pride events in London, shows that may LGBT+ people still feel the need to hide their sexuality or their gender.  More than 1000 LGBT+ British people were surveyed and 74% felt that they needed to lie about their orientation or gender […]

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Chance to see first ever TV lesbian kiss

A BBC drama which includes the first ever lesbian kiss has now been made available at the BBC store to mark the start of LGBTQ festival in London. The half-hour drama called Girl was broadcast in 1974 and stars Gavin and Stacy actor Alison Steadman. The army-based story line also stars Myra Frances as the […]

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UK holds vigils for Orlando

Thousands of LGBTs and their allies gathered last night across the world for vigils to mark the worse homophobic hate crime perpetrated on US soil ever. Orlando was naturally the centre of the grief and in the city there was a two hour event with a series of speakers a moving performance by the Orlando […]

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The full line up for Reading Pride has been announced !

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From multi-platinum and gold selling artist Sam and the Womp and Eurovision finalists Joe and Jake to the likes of […]

The Pink Festival

During the first weekend of September, The Pink Festival will be headlined by Andy Bell – best known as the […]

Christian Voice slams Tom Daley and Caster Semenya

Openly homophobic UK ‘prayer group’ Christian Voice has found itself back in the news after a long absence by stating […]

Kiss-in welcomed by Sainsbury’s

A branch of Sainsbury’s in London has been the location of a mass-protest in response to a gay couple being […]

Swindon and Wiltshire Pride returns for an 8th year

Swindon Pride was launched in 2008, with the first ever Pride festival being held in the town. In 2009, the […]

Taking pride in Cymru this Saturday

Pride Cymru takes place this year on Saturday 13th August and it is all set to be the biggest and […]